transitive verb[with object]
1Absorb all the attention or interest of.
absorbed, involved, immersed, caught up, rapt, interestedabsorbing, involving, engaging, riveting, gripping, captivating, compelling, compulsive, irresistible, arresting, interesting, fascinating, intriguing, enthralling, spellbinding, entrancing, bewitching, beguiling, hypnotic, mesmericpreoccupy, absorb, engageView synonyms
- ‘the notes totally engrossed him’
- 1.1archaic Gain or keep exclusive possession of (something)
- ‘the country had made the best of its position to engross trade’
Produce (a legal document) in its final or definitive form.copy, reproduce, type, type outView synonyms
Late Middle English (formerly also as ingross): based on en-, in-‘in’ + late Latin grossus ‘large’. Sense 1 is from Old French en gros, from medieval Latin in grosso ‘wholesale’; sense 2 comes from Anglo-Norman French engrosser, medieval Latin ingrossare, from Old French grosse, medieval Latin grossa ‘large writing’, with reference to clerks writing out documents in large, clear writing.